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Project 52Minne's NEW 2019 52

The goal of Project 52 is to take a photo a week. This is an easier pace than the Project 365.
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Minne's NEW 2019 52

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I haven't yet decided exactly how to configure my 52 project this year, or whether to attempt two like I did last year. So I'm starting out with just one. I'm using the 52 list off the Facebook group I have done 52 projects with in the past, but I need the feedback I get HERE far more than I need the thumbs ups on FB. So, I'll see how that goes for now, and decide what else as I go.

As luck would have it, my first assignment is one I don't care for: candles.Well, I still don't have any candles, other than the same half used box of birthday candles I had last year, so out came the dolls again and I went into a deeper setup than I did last year when I simply photographed them.

I recently found an old scrapbook made in 1884 by a mother for her daughter Mamie as a Christmas gift. She had carefully cut pictures and poems out of magazines and newspapers and advertising flyers and cards and pasted them in. I love using old pieces of Victorian ephemera, so I plan to use this resource and a few other old items during my projects this year. The scrapbook is not a family piece but one that came into my care when I was a teenager and my family rented an old home following the death of Mamie, whom her heirs had never met. The heirs came to settle out the estate, got roaring drunk, and gave lots of things to me.

I still have some of them, including the scrapbook and the little pitcher the candle is in. The dolls are from my childhood. Everything else is a New Year's card from 1884, except the lighter background beneath and the texture, which came from Kim Klassen's collection.

EDIT: I am adding a copy of my 52 project hit list. This is from the 52 facebook group I belong to. Anyone is welcome to use these prompts for their own 52 here if they'd like, or you could join the 52 FB group if you'd like.
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what a wonderful beginning!! I love how the dolls have attained dimensionality - beautiful shadow work. The page/vase are properly flat, and somehow the dolls become alive. I'd like to see the candle come into the foreground more (not by moving it, but by making it brighter or something..). And I think for some reason the candle light on the girls is too hot and yellow (I think) - though the contrast with the reds on the flat must be one reason it is working... I wish the left hand girls dress wasn't so yellow, perhaps a notch less saturation. Worth an experiment to see, but I could be wrong and they might be on target. I know they feel alive - wonderful integration!!!! You knocked it out of the park Min!!

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PietFrancke wrote:
Mon Dec 31, 2018 5:47 pm
what a wonderful beginning!! I love how the dolls have attained dimensionality - beautiful shadow work. The page/vase are properly flat, and somehow the dolls become alive. I'd like to see the candle come into the foreground more (not by moving it, but by making it brighter or something..). And I think for some reason the candle light on the girls is too hot and yellow (I think) - though the contrast with the reds on the flat must be one reason it is working... I wish the left hand girls dress wasn't so yellow, perhaps a notch less saturation. Worth an experiment to see, but I could be wrong and they might be on target. I know they feel alive - wonderful integration!!!! You knocked it out of the park Min!!
Thanks Piet. Those are good points. I agree about the yellow. One of my frequent sins is that I see a problem, I start mitigating it, then I stop before I really get where I need to go. I painted down the yellows but not enough. I'll have another go at that! The candle I'm less confident about, but I'll see. I appreciate the feedback from somewhat you wrestles with the same dragons!
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Week 2- No theme

I got a week ahead of myself in my theme list, by posting my candle picture too early. So I have a gap that I'll fill with the skater girl from New Orleans and the unholy mess I made of her! Feel free to tell me the kitchen is way too full, it usually is. I wanted to show her skating, show some city stuff and some botanical stuff because of the beautiful park she's in with those ancient live oaks. I didn't have a wide angle with me thus my live oaks are just small pieces, so I extended one with a tree brush made of a live oak someone else shot with a different lens. It was a fun mess, even if it is headed for the trash. Includes other brushes made from buildings and an old atlas, a postmark from a postcard mailed from New Orleans in 1910, and some textures and other New Orleans and French junk got online.
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Post by Psjunkie »

Seems well blended to me minniev...nicely done. If I were to nitpik, it would be the postmark covering the skates...for some reason I want to see the skates clearly, like it would ground her in the image or something....I dunno I like the postmark just don't want the skates covered

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Psjunkie wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:18 pm
Seems well blended to me minniev...nicely done. If I were to nitpik, it would be the postmark covering the skates...for some reason I want to see the skates clearly, like it would ground her in the image or something....I dunno I like the postmark just don't want the skates covered
I agree about the skate and tried to get some of it back without good results. Most of the detail was blown as a reflection in the bright sunlight. I should have underexposed by a stop of two. Her arm (the one behind her back) has another blown area that I couldn't do anything with. I didn't mind the blown highlights in her hair, sort of liked them, but the others basically ruined it as a legitimate photograph.
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Post by davechinn »

Well you ARE on a ROLL (pun intended) for 2019 Minnie !!! I really like what you have done with the New Orleans rollerblader. At first glance I thought, "how did you capture her other side", then I realized you reversed her. It was a good choice by flipping her. The ole' time sepia tone works rather well, but I'm not too fond of her skin being partially in color. I know, I'm guilty of it as well, but I'm not so sure I would have here. Overall I do like it though.

I'm still Hee Hawing around about a decision for another 52 project. I guess there's no rule to when I can start.
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as I said just a nitpick, not a deal breaker...didn't know about the reflection and thought the postmark was just coincidentally covering the skate....

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Psjunkie wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:47 pm
as I said just a nitpick, not a deal breaker...didn't know about the reflection and thought the postmark was just coincidentally covering the skate....
Actually when I realized I had lost the skate, I tried to make it look like the mark "might" be covering it up! I couldn't find a trick for the arm, but it wouldn't have worked either :)
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clone the arm...all else is OK and it's a nice piece....

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